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Austrian Vote Nudges Europe’s Balance to Right as Populists Gain

Austrian voters paved the way for the nationalist Freedom Party to enter government, heralding a shift to the political right that’s likely to make the country a more prickly ally for its European partners.Projections after Sunday’s election put the populists within reach of second place behind the People’s Party of

The Risk of Failure Is Enormous for Donald Trumps Iran Strategy

The strategy that President Donald Trump has laid out to confront Iran and renegotiate a 2015 nuclear agreement requires a string of big bets to pay off in short order. The risk of failure is enormous.A hostile Congress must agree to pass legislation to toughen the terms of the accord.

Trump Cuts to Obamacare Enrollment Groups Deeper Than Expected

The Trump administration is cutting tens of millions of dollars from organizations that help Americans enroll in Obamacare health plans, leaving some of the groups scrambling to shrink their operations weeks before enrollment for 2018 coverage opens on Nov. 1.The organizations, called navigators, say the funding cuts have been arbitrary,

Trumps Chief of Staff Says Hes Not Quitting or Being Fired

Rest easier, official Washington: President provocative words of Republican Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, surprised reporters on Thursday by conducting the White House’s daily news briefing himself. His appearance followed recent reports that he’s unhappy in his job and has considered leaving.Vanity Fair, for example, reported on Wednesday that

Xis Legacy May Rest on the Worlds Biggest Infrastructure Project

During Xi Jinping’s first five years in office, it’s become a journalistic commonplace to describe him as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong.The signs and trappings of his immense clout are indeed apparent almost everywhere one looks in China. He’s mounted a sweeping but opaque crackdown on corruption,

Google, Facebook, Twitter Scramble to Hold Washington at Bay

Last month, Google summoned about 200 staff from around the world for an annual policy meeting. One agenda item was very different this time: How to deal with the sudden drumbeat of calls in the U.S. to regulate the company for being too big.The two-day retreat in Monterey, California, where

Trump Demands Wall Funds for DACA, Draws Democrats Rebuke

President Donald Trump demanded that Congress deliver funding for his border wall and make dramatic changes to immigration policy in exchange for letting young people brought illegally to the U.S. as children stay in the country.The administration’s proposal, outlined in a briefing by U.S. officials and sent to lawmakers on

Feinstein Says She’s `Close’ to Announcing Re-Election Bid

Dianne Feinstein, the senior U.S. senator from California, said Sunday she’s “close” to announcing a 2018 bid for a bid for a fifth six-year term, despite some reservations from voters.Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe 84-year-old Democrat was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” about an

Kaspersky hearing with House committee set for late October

In the latest installment of the ongoing saga of Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab and the U.S. government, the company has a new date with Congress. Rescheduling a hearing originally set for last week, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has set a new hearing for October

Puerto Rico Governor’s Dire Warning: Millions May Flee the Island

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello warned Tuesday that millions could flee the commonwealth for the U.S. mainland if sufficient aid doesn’t arrive soon to stem a crisis that’s been unfolding over the past two weeks.With President Donald Trump scheduled to meet with Rossello in a matter of hours, the governor

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